In a large city like New York, The Co-op School provides a safe and stimulating micro-environment where students experiment and learn. All members of The Co-op School — students, families and staff — contribute to the development of our unique culture and participate in and improve our community and beyond. As students learn to work together, preparing for a global environment, families also work in committees and on the board to support the school. Whether painting walls, assembling furniture, growing the school through various initiatives, and much more, we all help The Co-op School flourish. Meanwhile, faculty collaborate to create learning opportunities that evolve with students’ strengths and interests in addition to utilizing best practices. Teachers guide students in the dynamic, life-long process of questioning and deepening connections. Through far-reaching social studies projects enriched through literature, math, science and the arts, students make decisions, research and reflect.
Students will leave The Co-op School confident to effect change in the community and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves. As creative problem solvers, each with unique viewpoints and learning styles, students will embrace the idea of a more equitable world. We strive to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their own educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity. We listen to and honor the individual interests and strengths of each child.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL
We began our elementary school with a single kindergarten class and the idea that learning should be joyful, student driven, and inclusive. Over the years we have developed a strong commitment to curriculum that is project based and anti-biased. We have expanded further to foster students through their middle school years in a K-8 environment.
As such, we are seeking an experienced and passionate teacher to join our team. This is a truly unique opportunity to work closely with our team in shaping a brand new program with lots of room for professional growth
? Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM TEACHER in the subject line of the email.
? Your cover letter should include a statement of your educational philosophy and also state why you are interested in becoming part of the team
? If you have questions about any of our positions, please feel free to email Mandy Vadnai, Elementary School Director at ?email@example.com
The Co-op School is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, citizenship, national origin or ancestry, religion or religious practices, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, prior arrest or conviction record, genetic predisposition or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws. Our policy extends to all employment practices including but not limited to, hiring, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, lay-offs, and termination.
? Bachelor's Degree, Master’s Degree in childhood and/or special education
? 3 or more years of relevant lead teaching experience preferred
? New York State Teacher Certification preferred (Childhood, and/or Special Education)
? Educational philosophy aligns with the mission and vision of The Co-op School
? Reflective practitioner in a state of constant professional growth and a willingness to share their craft
? Has own passions and interests
? Experience with co-teaching model preferred
? Experience working with children with special needs as some students have IEPs
? Experience planning and teaching interdisciplinary units of studies and inquiry-based learning
? Experience with teaching teaching through an anti-bias lens
? Commitment to and knowledge of experiential and inquiry-based teaching and learning
? Commitment to diverse learning environments
? Strong interpersonal skills
? Strong written and oral communication skills
? Experience collaborating with children, families, colleagues, and administrators
? Collaborate with co-teacher, coordinators, and Elementary School Director to plan out and provide high-quality, relevant instruction to all children
? Actively participate in a learning community, including teacher committees that meet on a monthly basis, peer observations, planning meetings, and staff meetings sometimes outside of school hours
? Use a variety of assessments to measure student learning and drive instruction
? Use student performance data to tailor and differentiate curriculum to individual students and to
determine small groupings and modifications
? Collaboratively plan interdisciplinary units of study
? Actively participate in the school’s decision-making process
? Regularly communicate with families, students, and community partners through phone, face- to-face
conversation, email, list serves and blogs
? Integrate The Co-op School Values into classroom culture, units of study, and interactions with staff,
families, and students
? Integrate the real world and surrounding community into units of study, lessons, and classroom
? Maintain positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues
? Maintain confidentiality with student information and records
? Create a positive and safe classroom culture and community
About The Co-op School
We are a progressive constructivist program that teaches to the individualities of every child and every unique classroom. The Co-op School models its curriculum based on these following beliefs:
Joyful learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning and critical thinking.
Creativity cannot exist without passion.
Children learn best when they are invested in finding out the answers to their questions and when learning is embedded in meaningful contexts, which makes learning fun and engaging.
It is important to us to educate the entire child on all levels: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
Students work as a group and think as individuals, expressing feelings and contributing ideas peacefully and respectfully.
Students will leave The Co-op School confident in their ability to effect change in the community and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves. As creative problem solvers, each with unique viewpoints and learning styles, students will embrace the idea of a more equitable world. We strive to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their own educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity.